This post links to an article in the Washington Post about grade inflation. The American University students it describes are much more aggressive than mine, who only occasionally and generally very politely ask about their grades. More frequently, they want to know how they can do better the next time. (I have a reputation as a hard grader, though having recently seen the overall g.p.a. for my institution, it looks like Im not too far out of line.)
My question to colleagues: can I do anythng other than explain in letters of recommendation that we dont hand out As like candy to make certain my students are appropriately assessed by graduate and professional school admissions officers?